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Top Tip! Ideas Worth Saving – Spice Jar For Sewing Seeds

Organize with what you have! In Lakeshore Ontario
Organize with what you have! In Lakeshore Ontario

The easiest way to sew tiny seeds like lettuce is to use a recycled spice or seasoning jar with a shaker top. Choose the size that works best and just shake along rows in the garden or pots for a balcony or patio. 

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Mum’s Lavender Scones – An Easy Recipe From Her Collection

 

Mum's Lavender Scones
Mum’s Lavender Scones

My mum liked scones and she always was able to remember the weights and measures for pancakes, Yorkshire puddings and scones. I don’t, so, fortunately, she scribbled them down. Here is one that I used last week and was asked for the recipe as they were described as “melt in your mouth”.

Makes about 16 large scones which toast up very nicely on the 2nd day and they can be frozen but in my house, they are gone pretty soon.

  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 1/3 cups of milk I use 2%
  • 2 tablespoons of edible lavender buds 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F OR 180 C
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Cut in butter or margarine. I use my KitchenAid on 2nd lowest setting adding the lavender
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs well then add milk and whisk again
  4. Now fold the egg & milk into the dry mix until the dough is moistened. Do not overwork.
  5. I use an ice cream scoop to measure dough out onto two parchment lined cookie sheets, approximately 8 scoops per tray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then turn over scones and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden on both sides. 
  7. Place on rack to cool and serve with jam

 

 

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Convert A Shoulder Bag to A Messenger Bag Easily

Style Organization in Windsor
Style Organization in Windsor Ontario

I love the style of messenger bags, hands-free and great for security especially when shopping and travelling but I did not want to buy any more purses/handbags. This practical black shoulder bag had a belt buckle that was usable and as I had a black belt that was not being used I added the belt to make a longer strap. now my shoulder bag has been converted to a messenger bag that I use daily.

If your bag only has a strap but has open metal hardware that links the strap to the bag you can still convert it using a long belt or two (if you don’t have one handy, hit the thrift shops) or use some tough woven strap. Simply sewing them around the hardware with really tough cotton.

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Chinese Scissors – It’s a Wrap!

I like these scissors, inexpensive and sharp but I hated the iron smell that lingered, even after washing my hands. I had some binding tape so I covered the handles, no smell and as a bonus, they are more comfortable to use. Simply wrap once around with a couple of stitches to hold in place and then tightly wrap each loop and finally finish with a few more stitches to hold in place.

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Updating Cold Weather Wear

 
A Pale Scarf to Update in Windsor Ontario
A Pink Scarf Will Update Your Winter Coat Now! 
If you only have one coat the easiest way to make it look different is with a scarf, gloves, and hat in this seasons colours or if you already have a big selection, just rotate them for a constant new look that will make you look current. 
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Planuary – A New Start For Me

Planuary Time in Windsor On
Planuary Time in Windsor On

I have always found that Christmas time to be an excellent time to organize. Leading up to 25th December with seasonal decorating forces me to reevaluate what I keep, donate or throw out because it is damaged. Once presents are received I can then update so I can use my new gifts instead of just putting them away.

I also like to think of January as Planuary and use a new calendar to mark any upcoming events and appointments so I don’t miss anything important. 

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Part 2


Simply take…

Part 1 repeated…

In a large bowl take
1lb 6oz of mixed dried fruit
3oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, the fruit will be full and lush.

Add to the fruit

Part 2
6oz butter
6oz castor sugar
grated rind of 1 orange
4 large eggs
7oz plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice

Mix well and place in a buttered round cake tin, traditionally for a Dundee cake it is 7 inches but I use a 9-inch cake tin as we like a lot of almonds on the top.

Place as many almonds as you like on top of the cake to decorate.

Bake in centre of the oven for 2 hours for a 9-inch cake tin and 2 1/2 hours for a 7-inch cake tin. Test with a skewer, when it is clean, the cake is cooked. Leave in tin 10 minutes before turning out.

Place on a plate or cake stand and add a ribbon around cake for a party.

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Ever! Part 1


You can choose to make the Dundee cake with or without alcohol and using any dried fruit and or nuts that you want. All my recipes are very forgiving and can be adapted for your preferences. It is a very easy recipe; I do it in two stages.
Stage one is taking all the dried fruit, and adding one cup of scotch, brandy or any other alcohol on hand to soak the fruit until plump, approx 24 hours. If you are a teetotaller you can use any fruit juice for good flavour. If you are in a hurry, this stage can be omitted. See, really easy! This cake is a hit with anyone who loves almonds and is good with tea, coffee, milk or something harder.

Simply take…

In a large bowl take
1 lb 6 oz of mixed dried fruit
3 oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, fruit will be full and lush.

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Using Monochromatic Colour Schemes

GORGEOUS BLUES

For my wardrobe, I really like using monochromatic colour schemes where you take one colour and use various paler and darker shades of the same colour then pair with a neutral such as black or white.  Here the earrings are the same colour. 

I do the same in my rooms too. For example, a monochromatic room in green may include different shades of green on upholstery fabric, walls, and curtains, the neutral may be a white ceiling and woodwork.